Story: Ngā haki – Māori and flags

Pioneer Battalion flags: Tāhiwi flag (1st of 2)

Pioneer Battalion flags: Tāhiwi flag

This flag is attributed to Captain Pirimi Tāhiwi, a member of the New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion. In the centre of the flag is a taiaha crossed by a tewhatewha (both are traditional weapons). The wording in the centre says, 'Te Hoko Whitu a Tu' (the war party of Tūmatauenga, the god of war) N-Z-N-C (New Zealand Native Contingent). Around the outside it says 'New Zealand Maori Contin[gent], N.Z. Pioneers'.

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Malcolm Mullholland, 'Ngā haki – Māori and flags - Loyalists and flags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/35217/pioneer-battalion-flags-tahiwi-flag (accessed 17 September 2019)

Story by Malcolm Mullholland, published 20 Jun 2012